Friday, November 30, 2007

tis the season to be jolly...

Santa with Butt Plug, Paul McCarthy, 2007

It's all about the thali!

We went out to dinner for Muggs' way - way(!), way(!), way(!) - belated b-day dinner at Kaveri Madras Cuisine on Fulton last night and it was great! We all got thali dinners except for Skip who got the lamb vindaloo a la cart like a sucker. The thali dinner comes with an entree, two sides, dahl, raita, naan, papadums and dessert for $11.95. I got the koorma thali with a Kingfisher and ate til I could barely move. This is absolutely the best Indian food I've had in Sac. A got the lamb kabob which might of been my favorite thing at the table. The lamb was juicy, tender and delicately spiced. So good!!!

I used the occasion for this special event to get back to work on a print project that I started two years ago and made this print for Muggs.

Study for Birds#3

Over the past year or so I've been slowly getting back to the projects I left off on prerobbery and it's been really, really nice.

Happy not birfday Muggs!!!!

Thursday, November 29, 2007

and again...


Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Heading to Sac State this week?

Be sure to check out the Folsom High School student show at the Robert Else Gallery in Kadema Hall. I want that painting of the T.V. so bad!!!!!!

Gotta love him

I really love Peter Schjeldahl. Not just because, like me he also hails from Fargo,ND, but because he says stuff like this:

I think you put the stuff up, and you make sure the light is nice, and that the noise level isn't too high. Anything else you do is on you. The point is that a Rembrandt is a Rembrandt whether it's in the great hall of a national gallery or in a subway toilet. And I'll go to either place. I'll look at it with a flashlight, I don't care. And I hope I'm not being entirely snarky in saying that art lovers are a disorganized minority constituency in the conduct of the art culture. We are like selfish children; all we're interested in is art. And we learn to . . . we have our improvised guerrilla tactics. Getting in, getting past all the gorgons, and educators, and labels, and getting what we want and then going home. Keeping a low profile. I guess maybe I try to serve this constituency which you can't treat as a constituency—it's like herding cats, right?—by amplifying their experience.

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Monday, November 26, 2007


Contortionist wanted

Warhol week was on!

For the record, I am a Warhol fan, not that anyone cares really. A little over a week ago Facet Features hosted Warhol Week, an entire week devoted to Warhol clips. Awesome!

Saturday, November 24, 2007

Perfect potatoes

I've found the secret to the perfect fried potato. Actually, I've been slowly working to master all potatoes but in the mean time I now have roasting, mashing and frying nailed. In the past I could never get them cooked to a perfect crispness on the outside without burning them. As a solution I would boil them first but then they would kinda deteriorate in the frying process becoming starchy and oily and bland. Anyhoo, all of that is behind me and so I give you this:

Garlic potatoes

2 cloves of garlic unpeeled

2 - 3 T Olive oil

enough potatoes to cover the bottom of a well seasoned cast iron skillet cut into 1 inch cubes


Heat oil on high and toss in the unpeeled garlic and move it around for a minute or two. Once the oil is slightly infused add the potatoes and salt to taste sauteing for 15 minutes tossing constantly so they don't burn. Put the lid on and reduce heat to low and cook for 10 minutes checking and tossing occasionally. Add pepper if you wish and serve.

When the potatoes are done the garlic gets all soft and roasted like. I have often thought that I should add a few extra cloves and use them to spread on my toast. This recipe would be fantastic with a rich cheesy French omelet and a glass of red table wine.

A meal to make Rose Maddox swoon...

Friday, November 23, 2007

Germany, the land of cold hearts

I wonder what KK&BBQ are doing right now...

Trouble Makers on You Tube

The Trouble Makers are on You Tube... finally. The footage is really good and the sound is good too. Unfortunately, it's been uploaded in dorko vision:(

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Advice please.

So I've been assigned dessert this year for Thanksgiving dinner. I wanted to make 2 pies but I only have one pie pan so I thought for the second one I would make a pate brisee or galette. Does anyone have experience with either? Suggestions...

Monday, November 19, 2007

King Khan and Korean BBQ

In a word Saturday night was perfect. It was Skipper's birfday so OMF and I took him to the King Khan and BBQ Show in Oakland. In honor of Der Skipper's special day and KKBBQ we took him to Ohgane Korean BBQ and it was so goddamn good! I got the tender marinated spicy pork, Skipper got the beef, and OMF got this insanely spicy chicken. Everything was served with about 16 little dishes of delicious surprises along with seaweed soup, tea, and rice water. Aside from the tasty assortment of meats I think my favorite were the tiny dried fish that come with roasted peanuts. Skipper reminded me that they have these little fish at Oto's so I know where I'm going over the holiday weekend. I have already warned the Ol' Man that I plan on walking around town munchin' on dried fish from now on.

The show like the meal that proceeded it was great. King Khan was decked out in an up to there black velvet mini dress that left very little to imagination. His performance was a little bit like Chuck Berry meets Screamin' Jay meets Hasil Atkins meets 50s duwop, while BBQ's simultaneous drum and guitar playing was mesmerizing. The show was so fun that I contemplated going to the SF show the next night but sadly grad school is a harsh mistress:(

The Mantles show in Sac the night before was pretty good too. Their drummer is outstanding! Sadly, the show got fucked upped and they didn't go on til midnight thus playing to about 5 of us. It was like a serenade really. A loud, smelly serenade...

Saturday, November 17, 2007

Benefit for the Klingster, et al

photo by Rafter

MM contributor, DJ, and all around cool gal Heather Klinger was one of the victims of that house fire on Q street last month along with her BF and roommate. There will be a benefit for the gang in Davis tonight:

Sat, 11/17 - THEE OH SEES / NURSES (SF) / STANDARD TRIBESMEN918 Douglas Ave in Davis - 7:00, $$$$DONATE$$$, all ages Benefit party for Klinger & crew (housefire)

If you want to help out but can't go to the show tonight you can throw a donation their way via Klinger's blog. Losin' your house and your shit is the worst, so give, give, give!

Friday, November 16, 2007

Tiny paintings

A couple of years ago I attended a lecture given by New Yorker art critic Peter Schjeldahl at Mills College. Schjeldahl discussed his fascination with the workings of the human brain and the way that memory is constructed and stored. As a result of his memory explorations Schjeldahl compared the practice of narrative painting to the composition of a memory or a moment in time and that if the work is successful the viewer is left with all the information they need to recount the moment being expressed.

I have chewed on this at great length since and have recently began exploring this idea. First with the following:

Fargo 1968, acrylic on paper, 2007

This is the first painting I've made in probably 6 years. It depicts my mom and one her brothers when she was a teenager. There are things about that I like and many others that I don't. This piece is about 2.5"x2.5". My thought was that if the work is really tiny then the viewer will have to get close to it to reveal the necessary information present. After finishing it I realized it wasn't quite small enough so now I've begun working about .5" of a square inch smaller. I am hoping that from a distance what is unclear because of the scale will work much the same way that a memory does. Sorta like how no matter how hard you try you can't envision your mother's face perfectly when you close your eyes even though you've probably seen it a million times, or if you try to mentally reconstruct your bedroom only key things stand out. We shall see.

In the meantime I am stoked that National Geographic came out with an issue devoted to memory this month!

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Montana Chicken Controversy

G-bomb, I'm looking at you here. Thoughts...

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

bathtub chuckle

I was taking a bath today and was reminded of something my uncle told me when I was a kid. He said baths are fine but they're not really for gettin' clean as you can never tell whether you're washin' you ass or your face. If you think about it carefully he's right.

is legal sex anal?

the pornography vs art debate continues writ large! for images from the show go here. beware, it's a little... dirty...

Warhol rolls over

I just caught this article about the photography ban at the Pop Art Portraits Show at the National Portrait Gallery in London. While on a conceptual level I agree that the ban is a little silly I have to admit that I'm kinda over folks bringing cameras in museums. I say this for two reasons.

1. Despite the no flash signs everywhere you still see flashes going off constantly and it kinda drives me crazy. Not because of the flash itself, although that can be annoying, but because we're given the opportunity to take photos with one tiny stipulation and folks can't stick to it. While I don't know how many collective flashes have to add up to damage I'd think that the amount of traffic that goes through a gallery in a day adds up to a fair amount of light. I noticed this most recently at the NY MOMA when 3 separate individuals were using flash photography on De Kooning's Woman I in the less than 5 minutes that I spent looking at. Also, a fair amount of pop art was print on paper and various other materials that weren't necessarily the most archival things ever making them particularly light sensitive.

2. I feel like a turd for typing this but it gets old when you're looking at a work and then a group of people walk up wanting to take a group photo in front of what you're looking at. I applaud anyone's enthusiasm for art so really I should be stoked when someone loves something so much that they want to get their photo taken in front of it but at the same time it's Woman I, not the Grand Canyon.

I guess OMF's curmudgeonly ways are rubbing off on me...

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

No, seriously, try this

I made Orangette's Warm Butternut and Chickpea Salad with Tahini last night and it was so good! Really easy too. It maybe my new favorite item to bring to a potluck. Yum!

And now I'm off to the studio...

Monday, November 12, 2007

Baby dating

What's this world coming to? I know I link to AFC all the time but I thought this was too funny not to repost.

Sunday, November 11, 2007

Battin' 1000

There are two things in this life that I feel passionate about, art and food. What with my crazy schedule lately I haven't been able to eat a whole lot of home cooked meals so yesterday I took advantage of the holiday weekend and went nuts.

It started with pie dough. I had a bunch of plums going south on the counter so I decided to whip up a pie in order to use them up. In addition to the plums I had some pink lady apples laying around and seeing as how there is no set recipe for apple plum pie I made this one up:

Plum, raisin, and apple pie

I have to admit that I cheated the crust this time and bought some from Trader Joe's, who believe it or not have really good ready made pie crust. Pizza dough too.

6 plums
4 apples
1/2 raisins
1/4 white sugar
1/4 brown sugar
1 1/2 T of flour
Hearty dose of cinnamon
pinch of ground cloves
dash of allspice
dash of nutmeg

Toss all ingredients together in a bowl and then fill the crust. After topping the filling with the other crust remember to cut a vent to allow steam to escape. I followed the package directions as far as baking it went but all told I think it was about an hour and fifteen.

After I finished the pie I found that I had a lump of dough left over that was about the size of a tennis ball. I was getting ready to pitch it when I realized all of the wonderful things I could fill a tennis ball sized lump of pie dough with leading me to make a mushroom, onion, and swiss hand pie.

Mushroom hand pie

1 T olive oil
6 or so mushrooms
1/2 an onion
1 clove garlic
pinch of thyme
salt and pepper
1/8 of a cup swiss cheese
Tennis ball sized lump of pie dough

Slice the mushrooms and onions thinly and cook with the garlic and thyme until the onions begin to caramelize. Once cooked let the mixture cool and add the swiss just before you fill the pie. Roll the dough out into a circular shape and place the filling on one half of the dough. Fold the dough over and crimp the edges. Brush the top with cream and sprinkle a little parmesan on top. Pop in the oven at 350 for 45 minutes and wah-lah.

Handpie has since become one of my new favorite words. It's as fun to say as it is to eat,handpie, handpie, handpie.

To top this whole thing off I made a potato and zucchini soup that was so yummy and could have easily been made vegan if I had used veggie instead of chicken stock and left out the butter.

Potato and zucchini soup

2 medium onions diced
1 large zucchini cubed
4 potatoes (skins on) cubed
1 clove garlic minced
1 1/2 T flour
2 T olive oil
1 T butter
1 t thyme
1 t tarragon
Salt and pepper
Chicken stock 4-6 cups

Heat oil and butter in a dutch oven and add the onions, garlic and flour. Cook until the flour begins to brown and add the potatoes, zucchini, and herbs and cook for another minute or two. Then add just enough chicken stock to deglaze the pan (about 1/4 cup). Once the pan is deglazed add more chicken stock until it just barely covers the potatoes and zucchini and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer until the potatoes are soft. Using a stick blender or food processor blend the soup and serve.

Surprising, despite the fact that I just sorta winged it on these three things they all turned out delicious. It's rare that I experiment 3 times in one night and have all three turn out good. OMF and I had this wonderful combination of sweets and savories with a green salad and some cheap Merlot and were fat, dumb and happy when all was said and done.

Tonight I'm gonna try this.

Big Wood Stump

I don't know why, but for some reason this made me laugh and laugh and laugh.

Saturday, November 10, 2007

In a word...

So Much To See

Me and my Sac State homies went to the SFMOMA yesterday for the Olafur Eliasson exhibit. While I was mildly disappointed by Olafur's offerings the rest of what was on display was pretty dazzling and well worth a trip to the bay.

Douglas Gordon, Self-portrait as Kurt Cobain, as Andy Warhol, as Myra Hindley, as Marilyn Monroe [detail], 1996, C-print 30 1/2 x 30 1/2 inches (77.5 x 77.5 cm), Edition 4/11,

One of my favorites was Douglas Gordon's, Pretty much every film and video work from about 1992 until now. To be seen on monitors, some with headphones, others run silently, and all simultaneously (installation view), 1992-present. Gordon's work is some that I had heard about for awhile but never actually seen until now. The presentation is fantastic with t.v.'s stacked floor to ceiling showing all of his various film works from the past 15 years. Some of the screens displayed the same films but at different stages creating this dialogue between various works that was really engrossing. This concept played itself out in a single work entitled Through the Looking Glass, which depicts the famous "are you talking to me?" scene from Taxi Driver in two simultaneous clips that are synched up to make it appear as though there are twin De Niro's in dialogue with one another. Man! That was confusing to try and explain.

The Joseph Cornell show was fabulous too and offered an insight into the artist I hadn't been privy to before. I had only seen the assemblage works in the past and didn't realize the depth of his explorations, for instance there are those who believe him to be one of the first avant garde film makers.

The Jeff Wall show is pretty great too. Wall's work doesn't require a whole lot of explanation so I'll just say that this show is a good opportunity to see just about everyone of Wall's classics from the past 3 or so decades.

Your mobile expectations: BMW H2R project, 2007

As for Eliasson... the work seemed like a bizarre amalgamation of art museum meets discovery science center. The ice car was interesting but not mind blowing. My folks happened to show up at the show as they were staying in the city this past week and when my dad asked me why Eliasson encased a BMW in ice I really didn't have an answer for him. While that's not surprising as some work takes a lot of thought to understand or appreciate, I have to admit that after considerable thought I still don't know why it's that great. The sensation of the cold room was interesting but I didn't need the car for that, I could have been looking at anything in a 9 degree room really. I suppose the ice car is important just for the very fact that it exists? Don't ask me.

Personally, I think that Eliasson's earlier experiments were more exciting, the Turbine Hall installation most specifically.

Lastly, if you're in the area, Samovar, the tea room that overlooks the Yerba Buena gardens is a great place to relax and recover from gallery fatigue. Although, one must be careful as you might relax too long and miss the Yerba Buena Center before it closes thus failing to complete the museum requirement for your art 206 class:(

Thursday, November 8, 2007

fo' fwee?

God, I love the free stuff category on Craig's List, I could just look at it all day long. It never ceases to amaze me the things people actually think are worth putting a posting up about instead of just throwing away. It's sorta like when you encounter the half full bottle of discolored body lotion at the thriftstore and wonder who decided to put it on the sales floor for $1.49.

With that said, I give you this.

What's funny is that I actually think I know someone who might want it. I wonder if it comes with the toilet seat and 5 gallon bucket...

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

2 fer

Check it Out! I have work up in two shows this month at both the Tangent Gallery and the Center for Contemporary Art.

Thinning hair?

This smells even worse than one might think and no, it's not a joke.

The Sonics

So I was gonna post something about the Sonics but then OMF wrote a little something that says it way better than I ever could so here it is along with some video clips of Friday nights show:

Just got back to californee and am still reeling from
the idea that I saw the Sonics not once, but twice
this weekend. No offense to the other bands on the
bill, but this whole event was about the Sonics... no
one else mattered. Anyone who went to this event and
doesn't understand that, doesn't get it.

No, they were not perfect... there were missed
changes and a few rough endings and even an
ill-advised modification of 'Like No Other Man'. The
sound system was spotty, most notably on Rob Lind's
sax which was absent from the mix at times-- even
during one of his solos on Sunday night.

But there was the sound. They kicked into 'He's
Waiting' as the curtain opened, and the crowd went
apeshit. With good reason.

Parypa's guitar sounded amazing. I heard comments
that it was high in the mix... it was, and it was just
right. That thing roared. It should have-- it was
the original Epiphone Riviera that he recorded EVERY
Sonics song after 'the Witch' with. Parypa had the
class to play the songs pretty much the way he'd
played them the day he recorded them-- no dopey
'updates' to his sound and brisk, tasteful solos that
would have sounded right dropped into a 1966 live
show. Parypa was once of the best rock and roll
guitar players on earth, and when he ripped through
'Cinderella', 'Shot Down', 'Strychnine' and the rest,
he proved that he still is.

The rest of the band sounded great as well, except
when the soundman dropped Lind out of the mix. When
Lind hit the solos (and the soundman turned him up) it
was straight off the fucking records. His sax solo on
'Have Love' in Friday's set was unbelievable-- it
sounded like he'd just picked up where he left off the
day the Sonics last left the stage. I was happily
impressed with both the drummer and the bassist who
totally 'got' it.

Roslie was the enigma of the group. I'd always
assumed that he'd been the frontman for the band
because he was the singer and songwriter. I was
surprised to see him in a sideman's role with Lind
being the obvious frontman, talking to the audience,
doing the introductions and such. Over the two shows
it became pretty clear that this was probably the way
it had always been.

Parypa's guitar and Roslie's voice were the two most
distinctive parts of the Sonics's sound (closely
followed by Bennet's drumming and the sax). I think
everyone has by now heard of Roslie's ongoing health
problems, and I, like most, wondered how he could
possibly pull it off.

He did. There was undoubtedly a loss of intensity, as
there would be with any man singing 40 years after his
heyday... but he was Jerry Roslie, no question about
it. He sang all his classics in his trademark
white-Little-Richard shout, and he sounded great. The
years have limited his range, and he handed some of
the higher-range songs, like 'Dirty Robber', to the
bassist who really did an excellent job with them,
sounding not all that far from a younger Roslie.

Was I transported back to 1966? No. Did I see 'The
Sonics', and not some wonderbread bullshit 'oldies'
circuit band? Fuck, yes.

The Sonics, now, as then, were real.

Of course they made mistakes. These guys almost NEVER
played their original material on stage back in the
day. 'The Witch', yes.. it was a bonafide hit.
Sometimes 'Psycho' or maybe one of the other Roslie
songs... but a whole fucking set of CLASSIC Sonics
shit? Never. They had to relearn songs that in some
cases they probably played only a few times during the
recording session and then haven't played a dozen
times since. Anybody who has ever been in a band
knows that shit goes wrong all the time on stage and
you just learn to cover it up. The only thing missing
was their ability to hide the mistakes.

I went into this expecting nothing more than to get a
chance to actually see them, to join the exalted
coterie of those who had actually seen the Sonics. I
knew about the health problems, about the two replaced
members, and I know the results when most bands who
packed it in 40 years ago reunite-- the feeling that
they never should have unpacked. I didn't even want
to hope.

The Sonics did it. They pulled it off. They
recaptured something that existed 40-odd years ago and
disappeared when they packed up the van that last
time. I have the feeling that if Bennet and Andy
Parypa had been involved, the shows would have been
mindfuckingly unreal. And, if they didn't quite knock
it out of the park, they certainly hit a home run.
The Sonics pulled it off.

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

More from NY

Well now my reviews are over but I'm too tired to think, so instead of producing an intelligent post I'm going to the Dan Melchior show at DOV.

Until tomorrow here's a pic of me boosting the Sac in NY at the Emigre exhibit at the MOMA. Please excuse my cheesy posture.

Go Sac!

Monday, November 5, 2007


Because I know that everyone would like to hear more about what I thought of the Modern Culture party that went down at the Crocker last month here is my first column for Art News USA/Sacramento. Bet ya didn't know Sac had an art news website didya?

Food was here

At one dinner performance, Matta-Clark served live brine shrimp swimming in broth in the middle of a halved, cooked egg white. “Some nonartist customers were furious and claimed there should be a law against us,” she wrote. “We told them guest chef days were no holds barred days and they could leave if they wished. So they did.” - Caroline Goodden quoted in the NY Times

NY was great! I got back Saturday night and have been drowning in grad review obligations for the past 24hrs. Sadly, I still don't have time to make a more interesting post but in the meantime here is a pic of Food's former location at Prince and Wooster.I am a big Gordon Matta-Clark fan and was delighted to discovered upon arriving in NY that my friend AS is as well and so on the second night of our stay we ventured out in search of Food after enjoying some of the best pizza ever in Manhattan.

Once we reached the corner of Prince and Wooster we surveyed our four options and selected the one we felt most likely to be Food. On closer inspection we found this:

It would be pretty thrilling to say the least if Sac's art community got together and started an inexpensive, no bullshit, food focused restaurant in Midtown, or maybe Oak Park(?). A girl can dream I suppose...